Nursing Theory and Practice Course (QQI Level 5)

295.00 or 149.00 / month for 2 months

  • Award: QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Nursing Theory & Practice (5N4325).
  • NFQ Credit Value: 15 credits.
  • Format: Distance Learning course supported with fully qualified tutors & accredited by QQI.
  • Course Fee: Special Offer price: Only – €295.00 or
  • Easy Payments: Only €149 per month over 2 months with our unrivalled Easy Payment Plans. Enrol using your Debit / Credit Card or call us on (+353) 1 206 1828 to avail of this offer.
  • Course fee includes all documentation, lecturing, assessments, learner registration and QQI certification fees. No other fees to pay!
  • Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient.
  • Student work placement Insurance covered at no extra cost.
  • Garda Vetting Provided.
  • No classes to attend.


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Course Description


Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • outline the history and development of nursing
  • acquire a knowledge of the structure and function of the health care service in the Republic of Ireland
  • know the various disciplines and specialities within nursing
  • understand the nursing process
  • appreciate the models of care
  • be aware of nursing ethics and etiquette in care situations
  • communicate effectively in ways that are consistent with the carer’s role
  • avoid occupational hazards
  • become familiar with common nursing/medical terminology
  • perform a range of basic skills.


Who should complete this course?

  • Students who wish to gain a QQI credit in Nursing Theory & Practice aka Introduction to Nursing at Level 5.
  • Students wishing to complete the major awards at Level 5 in Healthcare Support – 5M4339, Community and Health Services  & Nursing Studies award.


This distance learning, QQI accredited course means that Students can study flexibly at home, or at any convenient place and time, and can gain a nationally accredited Qualification.

Students receive a comprehensive Course Manual, Assignments, Efficient Studyguide, and unlimited one-to-one Tutor Support for the course duration.


Course Details


Specific Learning Outcomes include:



  • The development of the nursing profession
  • What is nursing
  • Nursing specialties
  • EU Directives in nursing
  • Commission on Nursing
  • An Bord Altranais.



  • nursing models and care delivery systems
  • activities of daily living
  • nursing process
  • planning care
  • documentation
  • empathy in the caring situation
  • ethics of care
  • responsibilities and role boundaries of the HCA.



  • the health service structures and functions
  • history of the health service
  • department of health and children
  • primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare teams
  • the multidisciplinary team
  • role of specialised disciplines = non-nursing.



  • clinical observations
  • medication safety
  • occupational hazards
  • medical terminology and abbreviations.



  • the infection process
  • hospital acquired infections
  • standard precautions & transmission based precautions
  • hand hygiene.


Entry Requirements / Prerequisites:


    • Leaving certificate, Level 4 certificate or equivalent in a relevant subject area (Healthcare) and/or relevant practical experience (3 years minimum) – Please ask about our requirements surrounding Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for entry.
    • Mature students (over 23 years) may be exempt from the above prerequisites.

    • Students must be working or on work experience in the Healthcare Sector (6-8 hours per week or 30 hours in total) throughout their course as assignments will require learners to draw upon practical experience.

    • As part of the assessment criteria for this course students’ will need to carry out practical demonstrations, all candidates who enrol for this programme must have the agreement from their supervisor/manager in the work place to oversee their practical work.

    • English Language Requirement: Students entering programmes leading to awards at Level 5 are expected to be able to: be proficient at reading, drafting, preparing and understanding information across a broad range of topics, including quantitative information.

    • Learners undertaking this programme must have basic IT skills and access to the necessary equipment to enable them to undertake an online programme: computer, broadband, email, Microsoft, recording equipment necessary for some skills demonstration tasks, and where applicable any other specialised software/equipment.

    • As this programme is delivered through distance learning or eLearning, students must be capable of studying on their own initiative.

    • Garda Vetting will be required any workplacement within the Care Sector. The Open College is an approved Garda Vetting organisation and can assist with this if required. Please ask for details.

    • For more details on participation suitability of this course click here».



    Examination (Theory-Based): 50%
    Skills Demonstration: 50%



    The internal assessor has devised an online theory-based examination that assesses the candidate’s ability to recall and apply theory and understanding, requiring responses to a range of question types, short answer and structured. These questions may be answered in different media such as in writing or orally. The examination will be based on a range of specific learning outcomes and will be 2 hours in duration. The format of the examination will be as follows:

    Section A –
    12 short answer questions
    Candidates are required to answer 10 (2 marks each).

    Section B –
    4 structured questions
    Candidates are required to answer 3 (10 marks each).


    Skills Demonstration:

    In one or more skills demonstrations, candidates will be observed carrying out the following tasks:

    1. measurement and recording of temperature
    2. measurement and recording of pulse
    3. measurement and recording of respiration
    4. measurement and recording of blood pressure
    5. measurement and recording of fluid balance.
    The tasks may be assessed over a period of time.



    Pass 50 – 64%
    Merit 65 – 79%
    Distinction 80 – 100%




    • Following successful completion you will receive a QQI Level 5 component Certificate in Nursing Theory & Practice (5N4325).
    • QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) is the national awarding body for further education and training in Ireland. The Open College is registered with QQI to offer programmes leading to QQI awards in the National Framework of Qualifications in Ireland. Click here for details of the National Framework of Qualifications.
    • Click here for more detailed Accreditation information.
    • All Registration & Certification Fees are included in the course price. No other fees to pay.

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    Delivery Format


    This QQI Nursing Theory & Practice 5N4325 course is completed through Distance Learning and there are no lectures to attend.

    Students can complete this course within 8 weeks which is ample time and can start it at any time of the year that is convenient. If students need to extend this period for any reason during or near the end of the course they can request an extension through the college.

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